Feb 5, 2013 7:00am PST
drury is here with what's moving your money. mandy, a lawsuit against standard & poor's has been filed. what's that about? >> they're suggesting that s&p ignored their own standards to raise mortgage bonds that imploded in the financial crisis. we know the story well. and at the end of the day, it really cost investors billions of dollars and wreaked a lot of havoc. the civil charges by the u.s. attorney general, eric holder, are the first action against a credit rating firm over the crisis, but s&p said it came out with a statement yesterday and said the government suit is entirely without factual or legal merit and it also denied wrongdoing. so we're just going to have to see how this story unfolds from here, chris. >> and what is going on with gas prices? i was in california overing the weekend, a little sticker shock there. but it's certainly not just there. most expensive ever for this time of year. >> ever, ever. the current average is $3.53 a gallon. that is, of course, the average nationwide. that is up 23 cents from a month ago, and this time last year, prices were $3.48 a gal
Feb 22, 2013 7:00am PST
. >>> the payroll tax and higher gas prices are taking a big chunk out of spending. cnbc's mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. "the wall street journal" reports that worried companies are scrambling to meet changing demand. >> yeah. you're absolutely right, chris. lots of retailers in fact are really trying to adjust to this brave new world if you like. we've got consumers like us. we've all got smaller pay checks right? the 2% payroll tax hike. i think hurts a household with $65,000 in annual income about $1,300 this year. so that's real money. we've got gasoline prices which have jumped nearly 50 cents a gallon in the past month alone. so you've got companies like walmart stocking more of its shelves with cheaper products and smaller sized packages of everything from toilet paper to snacks to diapers you name it, daily necessities. also burger king is cutting its whopper junior sandwich to $1.29 from about $2 and focusing its ads on its value menu items rather than higher priced salads or smoothies and also kraft and meat supplier tyson foods introducing more lower priced prod
Feb 21, 2013 7:00am PST
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Feb 14, 2013 7:00am PST
'll bring it to you in ten minutes. stick around for that. >>> an airline megamerger is taking flight. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. >> they're getting together on valentine's day. well, this merger is going to cut down the number of major u.s. airlines now to four. you've got the new american, you'll have united, delta, and southwest. so everyone is kind of asking, what does that mean for me, the consumer. well, it potentially means higher prices, less competition, higher prices. we'll have to wait and see. also, richard, most airline mergers have resulted in a reduction of flights and also shrinkage at some hubs. but management is saying this is different because u.s. airways and american overlap on just 12 routes. if you are a traveler, you will not notice immediate changes. it is likely going to be months for example, the frequent flier miles are combined and years before the two airlines are integrated. in other words, don't panic. >> not yet. >> we'll move from the world's largest airline to automobiles, and you've got news on what is the most dependable. >> yeah.